Skylight is a wonderful example of science, engineering, and entrepreneurship. The idea was to design, build, and market a device that can adapt any smartphone to any microscope. Voilà! You have a digital microscope with which you can print and share images and videos. Or use an app to do time lapse photography. This gives doctors in the field in poor countries an inexpensive means of doing telemedicine. It give students and teachers an inexpensive means of doing digital microscopy.
The Skylight team was supported by a Kickstarter grant. I was delighted to open up my email today to find that I will be receiving 5 Skylights — one for me and my son, one for my sister, and the others to loan or give to schools. I plan to have a lot of fun with mine!
There is more information as well as many images at the official skylight website. Besides the extremely cool images, there is this to ponder:
5 TO 1 PROMISE
SkyLights for the world! For every 5 SkyLights purchased, 1 Skylight will be donated for global health or educational purposes. Get more information on our 5 to 1 promise page.
At the bottom of the 5 to 1 promise page you can sign up to be notified when the skylight goes on sale.
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